MASON, Oh. - Hot American Mardy Fish toppled former champion Andy Murray in Friday's quarterfinal action at the $3 million Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, a U.S. Open Series event.
The wild card Fish went the distance to outlast a fourth-seeded Murray 6-7 (7-9), 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) in the first round-of-eight battle on the hardcourts at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
Fish overcame the Australian Open runner-up Murray in just under three hours with the help of 13 aces, and the big-serving American held his serve throughout the hard-fought affair.
The 28-year-old Fish converted on his first match point when Murray netted one final return. Fish is now 3-0 against Murray in 2010.
The 2003 Cincinnati runner-up Fish has now won 15 of his last 16 matches overall, including titles in Newport and Atlanta.
Murray, who upset Roger Federer in last week's blockbuster finale at the Canadian Masters event in Toronto and was this year's Aussie Open runner- up to the Swiss icon, was the Cincinnati champ in 2008.
The 2010 Cincinnati titlist will claim $443,500.